Yenagoa – The challenge of insecurity in Bayelsa State heightened on Friday following the killing of two policemen by a gang of gunmen in Yenagoa, the state capital.
It was gathered that the slain officers were attacked and killed at a hotel in Opolo area of Yenagoa where they were said to be keeping guard.
The hotel is owned by Emmanuel Paulker, a third-term senator, currently representing Bayelsa Central at the National Assembly.
An eyewitness said the armed bandits stormed the hotel and shot sporadically before attacking their targets.
It was learnt that the gunmen succeeded in carting away the rifles of the policemen who gallantly fought to repel their assailants, but they were reportedly overpowered.
Mr Asinim Butswat, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Bayelsa State Police Command, confirmed the attack on the two policemen at the senator’s hotel.
But he said that only one of the two officers died from fatal gunshot wounds at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, where he was rushed to, while the second officer was responding to treatment.
According to Butswat, the gang members operated in a Toyota Camry car with an unknown registration number.
The police command’s spokesman described the gunmen as “armed robbers”, saying they opened fire on the policemen without any provocation.
Butswat added: “The unknown gunmen escaped with bullet wounds. Based on a tip-off, a notorious criminal hideout was raided where their cohorts were arrested and they have volunteered useful information. Efforts have been intensified to arrest the gunmen.”